Category Archives: Places to visit

Cuban Food

by Paul Brindamour, April 24, 2017

I live in a town that has a reputation for its fine restaurants from many different nationalities. We have Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Irish, Jamaican, Indian, Venezuelan, Chinese, Thai, and even Tibetan, but we don’t have a Cuban restaurant. In fact, one of the only times that I have had Cuban food at all was in Miami, and that was a number of years ago. Therefore, I didn’t quite know what to expect from Cuban food in Havana. Although I did some research in guide books, Travel sections o...

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Cuban Art

by Paul Brindamour, April 15, 2017

Art plays an important role in Cuban culture. When exploring Havana, it is impossible not to come across jazz clubs, street musicians, restaurants with live performances, galleries, monuments, statues and public sculptures on almost every block. So, it wasn’t too surprising that the National Museum of Fine Arts would be such a treasure trove. One of its two buildings, the “Cuban Art” houses an astonishing collection of Cuban art, while the other, the “Universal Art” houses ancient and ...

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El Café – Vegan Food

by Michael Gabor, April 8, 2017

El Café was recommended to us by a journalist in Miami who writes for a Cuban-American publication. It turned out to be only a few short blocks from our Airbnb apartment on San Juan de Dios. Unlike most cafes it did not have any signage. But once we found it we knew something was different. It was pleasantly laid out with an open kitchen area in the front, about 8 tables in the dining area, an open courtyard toward the back with some chairs if you needed to wait for a table. Expect to wait for ...

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Havana’s Greenspaces

by Paul Brindamour, March 12, 2017

Havana has abundant parks and plazas, but as in other large cities, many of these public spaces have few trees. My husband and I are really interested in plants, so we made a point of visiting several greenspaces around the city. [gallery ids="509,511,513,515"] Nestled in a cool, shaded canyon, along a sleepy river, was one such urban oasis, "Parque Almendares,” a family-friendly park complete with rowboats, ice-cream stand, miniature golf course, and pavilion, which hosts children’s ent...

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Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA)

by Paul Brindamour, February 28, 2017

Our guide was able to arrange a two-hour tour of Cuba’s premier Arts University, Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), whichteaches painting, sculpture, printing, photography, music and dance to 500 of Cuba’s most gifted art students. [gallery ids="417,419,421"] We visited art classrooms, print shops, sculpture studios and a foundry, where we were honored to meet Professor Miguel Mariano Gomez, one of Cuba’s pre-eminent sculptors. [gallery ids="423,425,427,429"] At the dance studio...

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